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So my two “things” in parenting are birthday cakes and halloween costumes. Mind you, I had zero experience with both until I became a parent, but I’m highly motivated by a) the taste of cake (who cares if it looks ok?) and b) the thrill of faking a costume and hoping for the best (it instills character in a child?). So when baby wanted an Elmo cake, I was determined to fake it until I made it.
I tried to draw Elmo. FAIL. So I googled him and made a stunning discovery:
Elmo’s eyes are ABOVE his head. I’m not even sure how Elmo’s eyes are connected to that noggin of his to be honest. But get those eyes high enough and you can turn any circle or oval into Elmo so fast. It’s that easy.
Add an oval nose right under his eyes and a semi circle mouth and you have an Elmo cake that even a two year old can recognize as his favorite muppet.
P.S. I’ve always been too cheap to purchase black food coloring but it allows you to really nail the cake’s look. As a more “natural parent” who appreciates baby wearing, non-plastic “quiet” toys, the versatility of coconut oil, and purchases snacks without food dye, I do hesitate to recommend something that probably isn’t great for kids. But I value moderation in everything so loading up a cake with food dyes once or twice a year is completely acceptable in my parenting book.
Here’s a sneak peek at little man’s birthday. We invited my parents for a make your own pizza party followed by cake on Elmo plates. I’ve said it before, easy parties are great parties and this one was the best yet!
Portra 400 rated at 1600, pushed two stops by theFINDlab, shot using a Hasselblad 500c/m, Canon EOS-1N, and a Pentax 645N. Delta 3200, shot using a Canon AE-1, developed and scanned by yours truly.